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A Latina Created A Line Of Selena Sunglasses And Is Donating A Portion Of Proceeds To Help Migrant Children

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For some people a pair of sunglasses are just a simple accessory one wears to complete an outfit. Yet Priscilla Manzo sees them as something much more influential and, in this case, an accessory that is making a difference. Manzo is the public relations manager at Topfoxx, a New York City-based sunglasses start-up, and a proud first-generation American whose father is Mexican-born. It’s a label she never forgets and has found a way to honor and represent her cultural background with a line of sunglasses. Say hello to the Selena Collection from Topfoxx, a new line of sunglasses. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from each purchase goes directly toward helping children in immigration shelters.

Priscilla Manzo moved across the country to New York City to follow her fashion dreams.

Manzo was born and raised in Fontana, California but moved over 2,000 miles to New York City when she started college. She juggled multiple internships, studied abroad and worked with impoverished Latin communities while in school. This all landed her a job as a public relations manager at Topfoxx, where she is able to work on various styles and types of sunglasses as well as create online graphics and content.

When Helen Getts, Creative Director at Topfoxx, was working on a pair of designs she tried them out on Manzo and instantly knew she had to dedicate the sunglasses to her.

“She thought they looked great on me but more than anything she was inspired by my background and upbringing,” Manzo said. “Not your average girl was our company slogan and we wanted these sunglasses to represent that.”

Manzo created the sunglasses as a way to pay tribute to her Latina background and help children in immigration detention centers.

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Growing up Manzo saw poverty in different communities especially Latino ones near her hometown. While attending college she would offer her time up to volunteer and help at soup kitchens.

“I was so fortunate growing up and always wanted to give back,” Manzo said. “Having a background in community service, I wanted to incorporate charity into this project.”

That’s why Manzo teamed up with Project Paz, a NYC non-profit that works to help Latino children in the U.S. and Mexico. Fifteen percent of all proceeds from each purchase goes towards helping children that were separated from their parents at the border. She says her Mexican-born father and Latina background was a big reason she chose the charity.

“When my dad came into the U.S. when he was younger he had to cross the border. It made me reflect and what if that were me. What if he got caught? I wouldn’t be here today and my life would be completely different,” Manzo said. “I know we are a small brand but we wanted to give back in any way we could.”

She named the sunglasses after Selena Quintanilla because of what her name and image represents for Latina empowerment.

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When Manzo and Getts brainstormed a name for the collection they were looking for something that would instantly be recognizable with woman empowerment and Latina culture. Manzo recalls how much of an impact Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music, had on her growing up and how she is a role-model to so many young girls. That’s why naming the sunglasses collection after her was a no-brainer.

“When we looked for a name I wanted it to be a powerful women and I thought why not Selena,” Manzo said. “I listened to her music and her movie all the time growing up. She’s not even with us but she’s still such a force in the Latino community.”

The sunglasses have been a huge success and are hopefully just a start of more similar projects.

While the collection is limited edition, the cause is just the beginning. Manzo and Topfoxx are planning to create more projects similar to the Selena Collection that will show woman empowerment and give back to the community. Topfoxx is one of the very few only woman-owned brands and Manzo expects them team up with women charities in the near future.

For Manzo, the collection is a dream come true but it wouldn’t be possible without her sharing her story and putting the time in. She says any Latina that is willing to share her story is helping create conversation and that is more important than any accessory.

“It may be scary to share your story but its important to create these conversations now more than ever,” Manzo said. “I hope this collection touches a community and inspires the next girl to be bold and more importantly be themselves.”

You can purchase the Selena sunglasses on the Topfoxx website. They are a limited-time product and come in four colors — black, blue, silver, and rose gold.


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San Antonio Fans Got Treated To J.Lo Singing ‘Si Una Vez’ And We Have Serious FOMO

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San Antonio Fans Got Treated To J.Lo Singing ‘Si Una Vez’ And We Have Serious FOMO

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Jennifer Lopez arguably became a household name after she portrayed Selena in the biopic about the iconic Mexican-American singer. Since then, J.Lo has become a musical, acting, and producing force in the entertainment industry. Now, at 50, the Puerto Rican superstar is on a new tour and fans in San Antonio were treated to a special cover when she belted out “Si Una Vez” by Texas legend Selena Quintanilla.

J.Lo really showed up for her San Antonio audience with her “Si Una Vez” song after admitting it was her favorite.

At the beginning of the video, J.Lo asks the audience if they want to hear a little Selena. Like, what kind of question is that to ask a Texas audience? Of course, they want to hear some Selena. After asking the crowd which song would be best she told them that “Si Una Vez” is her favorite and that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Fans were so excited to learn J.Lo’s favorite Selena song because we all have one.

Finding someone with the same favorite Selena song as you is so amazing. Legit, one of the most telling signs of how long your friendship and relationship will last is the Selena test. Do they know who Selena is? Do they like her music? Do you have the same favorite Selena song? This is crucial

Seeing the woman who brought Selena to the big screen was one of the most touching moments for so many people.

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Hearts fluttered. Angels got wings. Moods were lifted. It was a physical moment for so many people who could feel the love from the stage. It was as if Selena was on stage in J.Lo’s body giving us the concert we have been craving.

While all of the concertgoers were melting down, social media people also lost their minds over the cover.

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It’s like Thalía taking time during her concert to give the fans a taste of Jenni Rivera. Who wouldn’t want to be there for that moment? It feels like a special connection between the singer and the audience as they give praise and attention to a shared icon.

This is one way to ring in your 50th birthday, J.Lo.

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There is one thing everyone knows for sure, J.Lo is a force that cannot be overlooked. She is a strong and powerful singer. A recognizable actor. A successful producer. But, most importantly, she is a Selena fan who gives the Tejano singer the respect and love she deserves.

Watch the full performance below.

Thank you, J.Lo. You know how to make your shows something to remember.

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While Trump Postponed ICE Raids, He Keeps Using The Community As A Political Pawn Because He Can’t Legislate

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While Trump Postponed ICE Raids, He Keeps Using The Community As A Political Pawn Because He Can’t Legislate

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News broke over the weekend that President Trump would be delaying planned immigration raids throughout the country. He tweeted that the deportation operations would be postponed by two weeks to see if Congress can make changes to asylum laws and work out legislative groundwork with Democrats.

As news of the roundups became public knowledge on Friday, faith and immigration groups prepared and informed communities of their rights and procedures in case of an interaction with ICE officials. But the sudden abrupt reversal did little to relieve or reassure immigrants and their supporters.

Migrant communities across the country are becoming familiar with this feeling.

President Trump’s reversal came as immigrant advocates prepared undocumented immigrants for a highly publicized operation. ICE officials were expected to target more than 2,000 families with pending deportations orders. But even with a delay, fears are mounting for many who don’t know what to expect next for themselves and their families.

Marjorie Murillo, a community liaison specialist for Miami Dade Public Schools, says that President Trump’s delayed immigration raids do nothing but toy with immigrant communities livelihoods.

“We don’t trust him in any way,” Murillo told NBC News. “I’ve been calling and sending messages everywhere that they are postponed, but where I live, parents and everyone, they are never safe.”

This isn’t the first time President Trump has used immigration fear tactics to push for legislation.

Back in 2017, President Trump attempted to terminate the Obama-era program that protected so-called Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. It was a failed attempt to pressure Congress in passing an immigration bill that included new restrictions on legal immigration. Earlier this year, a 35-day government shutdown ended without Democrats agreeing to the president’s terms, funding for a border wall.

There has been pushback from politicians and immigration advocates that are calling the raids unjust.

According to CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Trump Friday night and asked him to call off the raids. It was the next day that the President would announce the delay. Pelosi approved of President Trump’s announced delay and said it would give Congress enough time to work on immigration reform.

“Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together,” Pelosi tweeted.

Some are calling the move a tactic to help benefit Trump’s effort to secure funding for immigration enforcement. Republicans and Democrats in Congress are currently in the midst of negotiating legislation to allocate funds to different agencies, that includes ICE. The agency is dealing with record large-scale migration of Central American families and unaccompanied children to the U.S.-Mexico border, currently at a 13-year high.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been one of the strongest advocates against ICE deportations. The organization says President Trump’s immigration policies have installed fears in communities across the country.

“Our communities shouldn’t have to live in fear that parents won’t come home from work, or kids won’t return from school, or a knock at the door could rip a family apart,” the ACLU said in a tweet. “This isn’t Donald Trump’s America, it’s ours. We can resist his deportation agenda — together.”

Many on social media are using their platform to share tips and advice in case an individual finds themselves interacting with ICE.

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Within hours that news broke that immigration raids would be happening, people took to social media to share helpful tips. From informing people to stay in their homes and to not answer their doors, by the time President Trump announced the delay on Saturday, people were ready.

Images across social media showed ICE checkpoints and areas of interest where deportation officials might show up. But even as more time is given to prepare for the worst-case scenarios, many aren’t taking any risks.

“He’s making an announcement as if these deportations are not already happening,” Murillo said. “He’s saying if Democrats don’t do what I want them to do, deportations will start in two weeks. Deportations have been happening since he went into office. It’s coming, maybe it will turn a little bit, stay on guard. We can’t ever let our guard down.”

READ: ICE Raids Ordered To Begin On Sunday In Major Cities

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